Eric Frederick Yandt (updated)

Eric Frederick Yandt, 68, of La Porte, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in La Porte. 


Eric was born in La Crescent, Minnesota, on July 25, 1952 to Doris L. (Lillethun) and Art Yandt. 


He relocated with his family to La Porte, Indiana in 1969 where he met Janice Philbrook, the love of his life.  They married on August 2, 1974.



Eric is survived by his wife; son, Andrew Yandt of La Porte, Indiana; daughter, Kathryn (Matt) Dermody of Fort Collins, Colorado; two grandsons, Luke and Jack Dermody; sister, Lori Van Dierendonck of Walkerton, Indiana; brother, Rod Yandt of Bloomington, Indiana; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Diane Yandt Bayer.


Eric was a Valparaiso University School of Law alumni.  He served as the president of Meals on Wheels and was a board member for both the YMCA and Salvation Army.


He was an avid Green Bay Packer, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Brewers fan.  Eric was a true Cheesehead at heart.


Eric loved gardening and admired nature.  He was a true conservationist.  He also enjoyed cycling, boating, fishing, cooking, reading, and traveling the world.  If you knew Eric, you knew his love for the Cayman Islands and snorkeling.  More than all these things, Eric dearly loved his family, with his grandsons being the light of his life.


Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.


A Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering will be held from 1 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Luhr Park Morgan Shelter, 3372-3672 S. 150 W., La Porte, IN 46350.


Memorial contributions may be directed to the NewDay Foundation, P.O. Box 13, La Porte, IN 46352-0013.                               


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